06/20/2012 12:03 pm ET

'Fringe' Final Season: Time Jump Planned And Showrunner Exits

"Fringe" is entering its final season, and things are not going to look the same. As the cult-hit prepares to sign off for good, things will look a little ... older. TVLine caught up with series star John Noble who revealed there's a plan in place to have the Fox drama jump to the year 2036.

Noble told TVLine there will be references to the 20 years that passed while the characters were trapped in amber, including the moments that shaped the current 2036 world.

“Walter, Olivia, Astrid and Peter are insurgents, so we know all the dirty tricks that have been played against us," Noble said. "We'll be learning from the past."

The time jump won't be the only change happening to "Fringe." According to TV Guide, executive producer Jeff Pinkner, who has been with the show since Season 1, has stepped down. Pinker will not have an executive producer credit on the series for the final season and J.H. Wyman, who joined Pinker in Season 2, will be the sole showrunner.

"For four years, J.H. Wyman and Jeff Pinkner have worked tirelessly as a team to keep all the worlds in order on 'Fringe,'" series co-creator J.J. Abrams said in a statement. "We're thankful for the invaluable contributions Jeff has made to the show and of course wish him well and look forward to working together in the future. J.H. Wyman's importance to 'Fringe' cannot be overstated, however, and I'm thrilled that he will continue as showrunner for the concluding chapters of our story."

For more on the time jump in Season 5 of "Fringe," click over to TVLine. More information on Pinker's departure can be found on TV Guide.

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